Boots and Saddles; Or, Life in Dakota with General Custer

9780217658201: Boots and Saddles; Or, Life in Dakota with General Custer

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1885. Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. THE YELLOWSTONE EXPEDITION OF 1873. Extracts from Letters written by General Custer to his Wife during the Expedition to the Yellowstone in 1873. [Many of the letters from which the following extracts are taken are very long, but so much of them is of a personal nature that I have sought here to give only those portions that convey an idea of the camp-life and daily experiences of a campaign on the froniier. I regret that I have not the letters giving an account of the Indian fights. I have substituted n copy of General Custer's official report to complete the story of the summer of 1S73.--E. B. C.J Camp on Heart Eiver, D. T., June 26, 1873. When I may have an opportunity to send this, or when it may reach you, I cannot tell; but I will have it ready, and when the first courier leaves he shall carry these tidings to you. This is our sixth day out from Fort Rice. We reached this river yesterday about noon, and are remaining in camp to-day as it is somewhere in this locality that we expect to find the railroad engineers, and Lieut. D and four companies of infantry that left Fort Rice before you did. Our march has been perfectly delightful thus far. We have encountered no Indians, although yesterday we saw the fresh tracks of about fifteen ponies, showing that they are in our vicinity. I never saw such fine hunting as we have constantly had since we left Fort Rice. I have done some of the best shooting I ever did, and as you are always so interested I want to tell you about it. I take twenty-five picked men with me, and generally have several officers in the party besides. It is not necessary to go out of sight of the column, as the game is so abundant we can even eclipse your story about antelope running into the men's arms! They actually ran through our wagon-train, and one...

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